Plan Your Visit
Welcome to Colonial National Historical Park. Colonial is a series of historic adventures ranging from early 17th century colonization, to American Revolutionary War battles, to Civil War earthworks, to a quite, relaxing drive along the scenic Colonial Parkway and of course the excitement of archeological discoveries. At Colonial there is something for every family member's sense of adventure. We are pleased that you have decided to share some of your vacation time with us.
We recommend you plan at least two hours at each of the sites of Jamestown and Yorktown. Friendly volunteers at the information desks can help orient you to our sites. Stroll through visitor centers and museums. Visit the museum gift shops. View short introductory films. Then, follow a park ranger or guide on a tour of the historic areas and learn why Colonial National Historical Park is considered the beginning and end of English Colonial America. For younger visitors there are Junior Ranger Programs. Several hands on programs are also available during the summer season. To learn more about these programs visit our Things to Do web page.
As Cape Henry Memorial has no Visitor Center or services, less time is required there.
Did You Know?
In 1604, disgusted with his subject’s use of tobacco, King James wrote a scathing commentary entitled A Counterblast to Tobacco. He considered tobacco “hatefull to the nose, harmefull to the braine, dangerous to the lungs.” Yet this golden leaf became the cash crop saving Jamestown from oblivion.